Whistler is set to burst into a kaleidoscope of colors as it welcomes the highly anticipated Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2024. With rainbow flags fluttering against a backdrop of new snow, this eight-day celebration promises an unforgettable experience, solidifying its status as the world’s premier annual LGBTQ2+ Ski/Snowboard week.
From Sunday, January 21, to Sunday, January 28, Whistler will be alive with inclusivity and diversity, marking one of North America’s largest winter Pride celebrations. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) stands firmly behind the event, reinforcing its commitment to shaping Whistler as a safe, desirable, and hospitable community.
At the heart of this festival is celebrating the LGBTQ2+ community against the breathtaking canvas of Whistler’s award-winning Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Beyond the exhilarating slopes, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is a holistic experience, seamlessly weaving together sports, culinary delights, wellness activities, and spectacular social and cultural events.
Mayor Jack Crompton expressed his anticipation, saying, “Whistler is fortunate to host the largest Pride ski week in Canada and one of the oldest events in the global Pride ski scene. This week brings together the international 2SLGBTQIA+ and Whistler communities to celebrate, rest, and reconnect. I can’t wait to get on my skis and welcome the Pride community back next week.”
The RMOW’s commitment extends beyond support, with provincial tourism funding enhancing the festival’s events. The Whistler Pride Community Celebration on Friday, January 26, will feature the annual parade through Whistler Village, accompanied by newly added Youth Programming for queer youth and allies aged 13 to 18.
The Whistler Public Library will also play a crucial role, showcasing materials by and celebrating 2SLGBTQIA+ authors, perspectives, and experiences. From “Rainbow”-themed Storytime programs to the monthly Whistler Rainbow Connection meeting, the library creates an atmosphere of love and acceptance throughout the week.
Coinciding with Family Literacy Week, the festival concludes on Sunday, January 28, with a jubilant Family Literacy Dance Party featuring Ira Pettle, celebrating the diversity of all families.
Immerse yourself in this extraordinary celebration by visiting whistlerpride.com. Get ready to ski, celebrate, and dance under the rainbow-filled skies of Whistler!